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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People’s Press.

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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People’s Press.

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With barely two weeks to go to Election Day, six local candidates for state legislature shared their views on Monday in a forum sponsored by the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Owatonna Noon Rotary Club and Owatonna People's Press.

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A day after reporting 29 COVID-19 deaths — the highest single-day death count in months — Minnesota health officials returned Thursday with an equally grim statistic — 19 more deaths. The two-day total is the worst for the state since early June.

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Minnesota officials on Thursday reported the second-highest number of new COVID-19 hospital admissions in a single day in the pandemic, suggesting that some of the recent surge in newly confirmed cases is surfacing now in hospital beds.

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Waseca County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 climbed for the seventh straight week last Thursday when the state released new data for the two-week reporting period from Sept. 9-19, but Waseca County Public Health Director Sarah Berry has started to see a downward trend in case count followi…

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4-H is known as a hands-on organization working with livestock, agriculture, healthy living, civic engagement, photography and more, but with COVID-19, hands-on took on a different approach.

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As concern over the medical impacts posed by COVID-19 continue, a nationally known health care consultant is sounding the alarm that the decision by many patients to delay surgeries could jeopardize public health in the years to come.

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Days after Minnesota’s COVID-19 death toll passed 2,000, Wednesday’s numbers offered another grim reminder the pandemic is not over. The state recorded 16 more deaths, the highest daily number in more than a month.

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As the second half of property taxes are coming due, the Steele County Treasurer’s Office is taking extra steps to provide a safe, secure option for those still needing to make payments.

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Minnesota’s count of new active COVID-19 cases remains steeply on the upswing, with the Health Department reporting nearly 1,000 new infections Thursday. That jump, though, came with lots more testing than in prior days, which explains much of Thursday’s reported increase.

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After the Owatonna Public Library remained vacant for nearly three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library staff decided they never want their services to be inaccessible again – regardless of circumstances.

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Waseca County’s COVID-19 case rate per 10,000 climbed for the fourth straight week Thursday when the Minnesota Department of Health released data from the two-week reporting period from Aug. 23-Sept. 5.

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers Tuesday showed another day of moderate case growth, relatively stable daily hospitalizations and single-digit deaths. Officials, though, continue to warn that the level of ongoing community spread of the virus means more problems ahead.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he arrives at Sacramento McClellan Airport, in McClellan Park, Calif., Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, for a briefing on wildfires. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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Waseca Junior Senior High School seventh through 12th grade students started Monday in full-time distance learning or level orange on the Waseca Public School flexible learning plan.

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Deven McCarty, right, and Jake Thomas work in the plastics lab to produce injection molded door pullers. The door pullers were originally based off Jake’s design but reworked for molding by Deven, who has spearheaded the production efforts. The door pullers are being distributed to all stude…

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COVID-19 case rates in three southern Minnesota counties have increased substantially, according to a Thursday report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Just days before school started in St. Peter, school district Superintendent Bill Gronseth found himself in an unprecedented situation — sending out a recorded message to every parent in the district, reassuring them their children wouldn’t be taken by the state if they tested positive for C…

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A big drop in Minnesota’s daily COVID-19 case count is likely the result of reporting delays to the Health Department over Labor Day. Because of that, it’s difficult to read anything into the newest numbers.

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Every September, the members of the Steele County Fair Board of Directors dive head first into planning for the upcoming Steele County Free Fair – despite typically having only two weeks to recover from the most recent annual event.

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It has been roughly six months since the West Hills Tennis and Fitness Center closed its doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this week the city made its first step toward re-purposing the cardio and weight areas as it moves away from the exercise business.

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As St. Peter Public School custodial crews continue to get all of the District 508 buildings ready for the 2020-21 school year, Highlights had the chance to chat with SPPS Buildings and Grounds Supervisor Marc Bachman about how preparations are going and what the cleaning protocols will be f…

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JWP will start the school year in a hybrid model. The JWP School Board unanimously voted in favor of the resolution at the August meeting.

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With students in grades seven through 12 expected to return to school Sept. 8 and those in kindergarten through sixth grade set to start Sept. 10, Kenyon-Wanamingo School’s administrators, staff and providers are working diligently to plan for the unknowns the fall semester may bring.

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It has been three weeks since Executive Order 20-81 was put in place, mandating that face coverings be worn in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, when the Steele County commissioners meet every other Tuesday, their faces remain mask-less.

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With the pandemic turning traditional business promotion models upside down, Faribault’s Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are trying out new ways to promote the city.

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As the beginning of the school year approaches, schools across Minnesota will have to finalize back-to-school plans. Due to the global pandemic, this year’s start for Steele County students will look different with younger local students heading back to school while many older students learn…

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers settled back into a familiar pattern Friday with new cases climbing, daily deaths in single digits and hospitalizations flat but stubbornly persistent.

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Wednesday’s count of new COVID-19 cases showed another day of moderate increases, but testing remained low making it hard to judge if the latest reports are evidence of a meaningful shift or a statistical blip.

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With students in grades seven through 12 expected to return to school Sept. 8 and those in kindergarten through sixth grade set to start Sept. 10, Kenyon-Wanamingo School’s administrators, staff and providers are working diligently to plan for the unknowns the fall semester may bring.

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It has been three weeks since Executive Order 20-81 was put in place, mandating that face coverings be worn in all indoor businesses and public indoor spaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, when the Steele County commissioners meet every other Tuesday, their faces remain mask-less.

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With the pandemic turning traditional business promotion models upside down, Faribault’s Economic Development Authority and Chamber of Commerce are trying out new ways to promote the city.

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As the beginning of the school year approaches, schools across Minnesota will have to finalize back-to-school plans. Due to the global pandemic, this year’s start for Steele County students will look different with younger local students heading back to school while many older students learn…

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers settled back into a familiar pattern Friday with new cases climbing, daily deaths in single digits and hospitalizations flat but stubbornly persistent.

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Wednesday’s count of new COVID-19 cases showed another day of moderate increases, but testing remained low making it hard to judge if the latest reports are evidence of a meaningful shift or a statistical blip.